Thursday, March 19, 2015

Meeting Follow-up, Updates and Other Good Stuff!

Tomorrow is the "official" first day of spring.. let's hope we see these soon.
Wasn't our meeting this week great? So much good info given by our three presenters. A big Thank You to Gwenda M., Jean K. and  Trudy C. for a wonderful talk on quilting - long arm, machine and hand quilting. Lots of good info and tips for everyone!

Here are a few "follow up" items from Tuesday night:

It was mentioned that we might have some workshops with Elaine Quehl if there is sufficient interest. Click here for a link to her website if you'd like to have a look at her work and review her list of class offerings. Give it some thought.

Do you listen to Podcasts? I have just recently found one podcaster I thought you might like to check out as well. Brandy Lynn Maslowski does a weekly podcast called Canadian Quilt Talk and currently there are 74 episodes. Topics range from inspiration, techniques, ergonomics, and planning your studio to interviews with well known quilters such as Ricky Tims, and Canadians Kathy Bissett, Ionne McCauley, Daphne Greig and Monica Kinnear-Whalen, among others.  Episode 58 features Elaine Quehl, and Episode 40 features Leah Day, who Jean K spoke about (the binder she showed with all the free motion designs is Leah's.) So check Brandy out! Download a few of her podcasts for when you have a long drive, your daily walks or time in your studio. I bet you'll like them as much as I do! Click here.

Here is the link to Leah Day's website:   Check out all her Free Motion designs and Youtube tutorials. She is one talented young lady!

And some Updates:

March is National Quilting Month, and this Saturday, March 21, is National Quilting Day!! So be sure you plan some time in your studio space to celebrate!! If you are not familiar with The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, this is a good weekend to check it out. To celebrate International Quilting Weekend, ALL shows are FREE to everyone this weekend! You can watch as many as you have time for. What a wonderful resource and a wealth of information. Be sure to take some time to check it out. You won't regret it.  Click here.

 We've heard some wonderful tips at our meetings lately. I am starting a list here on the blog, and there will be a link on the sidebar to quickly and easily take you to the list. I will add to it each month with the most recent tips at the top. If you have given a tip this year, please remind me of it as I cannot remember them all, and we want the list as complete as possible! You know how to reach me: leave a comment here, send me an email or give me a jingle on the telly  :)  I'll post the Tip Time List next week, but it will be an ongoing growing "work in progress"....

Lastly, I have added a "Subscribe by Email" button to our blog. You will see it on the right at the very top. If you add your email address in the box and hit "Submit", you will receive an email each time there is a new post here on the FQG Blog. That way you won't miss anything. No one will be able to see your email address (not even me!) and it will not be given out to anyone, no worries. Just another service to our members!   :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Did you know that March is National Quilting Month? And this coming Saturday, March 21 is National Quilting DAY? I hope you are celebrating in fine style. Are you working on a special project? Or perhaps finishing up something wonderful for our upcoming Show? Whatever your project I hope you're having lots of fun with it. Perhaps we'll see it at Show and Tell?

Speaking of our Show, have you sent in your Entry Form(s) yet? We are waiting...... It's very difficult to plan a Show when we don't know what we're going to have to display, so please get your entries in to Kathy T. as soon as possible. It will really help out the Committee.

Our March meeting is March 17 - St. Patrick's Day.  Maybe we'll be visited by a leprechaun or two...? Don't forget your Show and Tell items, library books, nametags, and chequebook if you plan to sign up for a workshop. See you there. Will you be wearin' the green?

Last month's meeting was very informative, and lots of good tips were passed on. We all enjoyed JoAnn's presentation on what's new on the market and at The Christmas Crab Quiltery. (Ladies, if you haven't used your coupon yet, it expires this week. Just sayin'.) If you recall the discussion on the wonders of Blue Dawn (the answer for returning your washable sticky roller to its ultimate super-stickiness) you might find the following link useful. Click on it for 20 more uses of Blue Dawn  around the home:

And, to end with a chuckle, here's one more use for Dawn. Let us know if you try this and it works...

DO NOT wash your hair in the shower!
It's so good to finally get a health warning that is useful!!! IT  INVOLVES THE SHAMPOO: IT RUNS DOWN YOUR BODY WHEN YOU SHOWER WITH IT.
I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner! I use shampoo in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning,"FOR EXTRA BODY AND VOLUME."
No wonder I have been gaining weight!
Well! I got rid of that shampoo and I am going to start showering with Dawn Dishwashing Soap. Its label reads, "DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE." Problem solved!
If I don't answer the phone, I'll be in the shower!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Meeting Time Again

Hello everyone! I hope you are all keeping warm in this ridiculously COLD weather! Are you all wrapped up in quilts?! My studio is on the northwest end of the house, and with most of the walls being exterior walls, well it gets pretty cool in there. But I do have a space heater, and once the track lights are on for a while, it gets cozy... did I mention the space heater? We're becoming  very close friends, he and I.... I guess there's one thing this cold weather is good for... making more quilts!!

Tonight is our February meeting, hope to see a good turnout there for a presentation by JoAnn of our local quilt shop, the Christmas Crab Quiltery. Jo will be bringing in some of her newest fabrics, notions and gadgets.. well let's just say you should bring along a few dollars, as you know you'll want to do some shopping!!

Today is the last day for Early Bird registrations for our upcoming Quilt Show...get those in to Kathy T.
Today is also Fat Tuesday... hmmm... for a quilter I think that means we should be sewing with Fat Quarters today...  What have you made with Fat Quarters lately?

Don't forget to wear your nametag, return library books and bring your Show and Tell items tonight. With all this winter weather keeping us in our sewing spaces, there should be LOTS of Show and Tell!!

Belated Happy Valentines Day to all...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Local Quilt Shop Day and Shows to visit..

Today, Saturday January 24th is National Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day! So c'mon ladies- get
out of your studios and drop by one of our local shops to see what's new, what's on sale, and just what's happening!! We have to support our local shops if we want them to be there for us when we need something...  Maybe I'll see you there!
I recently attended the World Quilt Show - Florida VI in West Palm Beach. 19 shows under one roof. Yes, you read that correctly - nineteen shows! I am posting photos of some of my favourites on my blog Stitch Lines; you can check it out here.
Albuquerque New Mexico recently hosted AQS Quilt Week and you can check out the winning quilts by clicking here. Just click on each image for a larger view. There's some real eye candy there! Be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Meeting

Where does the time go? Here it is mid January and time for the first meeting of a new year! I hope you all have taken a moment to fill out the survey question which was emailed to members a few days ago. Our January workshop is upcoming- tonight will be your last chance to see the project and sign up. Susan will be teaching Diamond Delight this coming  Saturday, Jan. 24th.
See you tonight- don't forget to wear your nametag, bring a mug and of course your Show and Tell items and any library books you have borrowed.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas everyone!  I thought you might get a little smile out of this poem...

Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled,
the cookies delayed.
The stocking weren't hung,
the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter, 
was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, 
tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins 
had turned into dreams.
When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters
with all of their gear.
They went straight to work
with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching
and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged
from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics
arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars,
Flying Geese & Bear Tracks
Each quilt was a beauty-
even the backs!
Her house how it twinkled,
her quilts how they glowed.
The cookies were baking,
the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done,
so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus,
and checked the next address.
More quilts to be made,
another quilter in distress.
She heard one voice echo,
as they drove out of sight,
Happy quilting to all
and to all a good night!

~Author Unknown

Monday, December 8, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick reminder of our Christmas Social/Turkey Dinner on Tuesday Dec. 9th.  Social hour begins at 5p.m. with dinner served at 6. Following that will be Show and Tell and some wonderful entertainment, and we are aiming to be done by 8p.m. That should get us all home safely before the impending storm begins to become problematic. If there are any major changes in the storm forecast, check here for updates, but as of now, it's all systems GO!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thread Talk and More...

It's been a while since I have posted an article by Bob Purcell, President of Superior Threads. In most of his newsletters, there is an educational component on threads, needles, or something related to stitching and he graciously gives permission for these articles to be shared. With the holidays approaching, I'm sure most of you will be feeling some increased tension as you try to get all the Christmas preparations done, as well as some special sewing projects. This article contains a link to some really useful info on tension- thread tension, that is, not personal tension! And, if you're the sort who likes to add a little glitter and glitz to your Christmas projects with metallic thread, there's some helpful info on sewing with metallics  on a longarm as well. The article is below. And here is a link to some Tips for Successful Stitching with Metallics on your home machine.

There are some new entries of beautiful quilts in our For Sale section, and all are hand quilted. Have a look! If you know of someone who's looking for a beautiful quilt, please tell them about our "listing." Just click on the "For Sale" sign on our sidebar to view them all.

You can click here to see all the winners of the International Quilt Festival held recently in Houston. Just click on the first quilt photo, for a larger view of all quilts. You will notice one of the winners is Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham Maine; you may have seen this quilt or some of her other incredible works at Maine Quilts.

Our November meeting is just days away- see you all next Tuesday night, Nov. 18th, back at our usual meeting spot on Johnston Avenue.

And now, from Bob, Thread Professor and self-certified Threadologist:

  EDUCATION:  Why does Thread Education matter?
Superior Cotton infographic
I was having a splendid conversation with a prominent quilter this past week and we discussed education as it relates to the industry. With the explosion of Pinterest, Craftsy, Etsy, YouTube, and other websites, there is an endless amount of education available. These online resources didn't exist just a few years ago.
The digital age has revolutionized our industry and we expect many more advancements to come in the near future. We strongly encourage all to spend time studying and constantly improving skills. There is an immeasurable benefit to learning and knowing all aspects of your machine, needle, thread, and notions.
We are strong advocates of thread education and will continue to emphasize education, service, and quality as our top responsibilities.
We've recently released several articles, videos, and infographics such as Understanding why Egyptian-grown cotton matters, how simple quilting with Metallic can be (even on a longarm), and why Tension control is so important in getting a good stitch.

As we learn more about the products we use and why we use them, we will not only excel in our passions, but we can teach the next generation and pass onto them all the knowledge we've gained. 
We take extreme care in the quality of our threads, needles, and notions. We have the highest standards for both the raw materials and the manufacturing.  A large portion of our website is devoted to Education. You will find 100+ educational articles, 100+ educational videos, tutorials, and reference guides.
We have released two infographics which explain in detail the selection and processing of materials and how they are turned into thread.  They are fun to read and full of useful information.  Please share them with your friends and you will sound like an expert.  For continuing education and announcements, please subscribe to our YouTube channel, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and pin with us on Pinterest.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Local Show!

Just a reminder that the Elm City QG Show is on this weekend. Let's get out and support our sister quilters! They've put together a lovely display at Gibson Memorial Church at 183 Gibson St. on the northside. There's lots of parking in behind the church. Vendors, refreshments, a special table of goodies by Grandmothers Helping Grandmothers and LOTS of quilty inspiration! Here's a tiny taste of what you'll see...